Reviewed by Sabrina Fancy
As a theatre lover, I had forgotten what going to the theatre outside the cramped and overly busy West End of London is like. I have recently discovered that one does not need to visit the West End to experience a beautiful venue coupled with the finest performances. The New Wimbledon Theatre, is located a quick 5 minute walk from Wimbledon station and only 3 short stops on the train line from Victoria.
The theatre itself is beautiful inside and has plenty of character, having been in operation since 1910. It is a beautiful grade II listed Edwardian theatre, complete with stained glass windows, stage side boxes and decorations. Be sure to look up at the ceiling, it’s a masterpiece!
An incredible atmosphere exists, because the theatre feels intimate and the views are good from all sections! The acoustics and lighting are brilliant and the seats comfortable with a decent amount of legroom. There is lots of seating for disabled viewers and seats for their companion is offered and hearing devices that can be requested to allow for a high audio quality during the show. In addition, the staff are all cheery and always willing to help.
There are several bars within the theatre to grab a drink between performances. The selection is very good and my favourite it the elegant piano bar, which normally has someone playing the piano beautifully.
With a capacity for over 1500 audience members, there are a variety of performances that occur here such as stand-up comedy, tribute bands, musicals, operas and panto, but there are also special shows that perform for one night only and are brilliant for a fun night out.
There is a great selection of these one-night shows and I have most recently been to see Whitney Houston: Queen of the night and The ABBA Reunion Tribute Show – a brilliant Abba tribute band! All of the one-night productions tend to be highly enjoyable, feel good productions and have managed to exceed my expectations. With their crowd-pleasing songs, strong vocals, costumes and high energy you will not leave disappointed. The productions have an energetic cast and an audience full of different generations, many who are singing along during the performance and dancing. Everyone looks to be having a great time in a beautiful setting.
In essence, the New Wimbledon theatre is akin to a large West End theatre transplanted to southwest London, without West End prices! There is also a wider array of shows, not just musicals on offer.
The theatre is well placed with plenty of places to eat and drink in the area and easy transport links. I would definitely recommend a visit, as it’s possibly one of the best theatres in London with high quality shows! Keep an eye out for some of their one-night events for a fun night out.
Unsurprisingly, the theatre was rated a 4.3/5 on Google reviews and given a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence.
Upcoming one-night events in 2017 include:
April 30 – The Knights of Music
May 10 – The Simon and Garfunkel Story
May 11 – Nights on Broadway – The Bee Gees Story
May 31 – Psychic Sally – Call Me Psychic
June 1 – That Will Be the Day – The Buddy Holly Story
June 17 – Kevin and Karen Dance – The Live Tour
June 29 – Illegal Eagles
July 1 – Dance Bites
Aug 19 – Joe McElderry – Gloria
Nov 3 – The Carpenters Story
Nov 4 – Collabro
Nov 12 – The Magic of Motown
Nov 30 – Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story
For more information on shows at the New Wimbledon Theatre visit www.atgtickets.com/new-wimbledon-theatre or call the box office on 0844 871 7646.
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QG | 0844 871 7646